|These sprouts are seven days old.|
All sprouting requires is some seed, containers and water! I chose barley because it is a fast growing cold weather crop - perfect for sprouting in my chilly basement.
Sprouting increases the protein, vitamins and enzymes in the seed which makes it more digestible, requiring less grain. In seed form it contains 12% protein but sprouting boosts that number up to 15%. Sprouts are filled with chlorophyll, omega-3 and beta-carotene resulting in more nutrient dense eggs. The other wonderful thing about sprouting grains is that it increases the volume by almost six times! That 50# bag of organic barley seed becomes almost 300# of fodder in just nine days.
The process is quite simple. I start by soaking one pound of barley overnight. The next day I rinse the seeds and spread them into trays about 1/2 inch thick. The trays are watered twice daily and a new batch is started each night. The trays have holes and are elevated on one end to promote good drainage. I water from the top and it runs from the upper trays down through the rest of the containers and into the floor drain.
|The girls enjoyed their first offering of sprouts!|